The federal government appeared to be pulling out all the stops for the 2021 National Christmas Tree Lighting Festivities, which will include a live audience and performances by Patti LaBelle, Billy Porter, Chris Stapleton among others, TMZ has reported.
This event will mark a return to normal after last year's ceremony took place virtually in light of the pandemic, and the lighting will be slightly cheaper than the $160,000 the Trump administration paid in 2019.
Still, many found the spending a bit tone-deaf as inflation soared to 6.2 percent this fall, the highest it's been since 1990 - causing the price of basic goods and services to soar in the US.
The lavish tree lighting festivities were answered with a flurry of tweets against the excessive spending as Biden and the White House had tried to downplay the effects of inflation in the previous months.
One Twitter user named Gwenn wrote, 'Your Tax dollars are hard at work.'
Another user with the handle J.J.M also scrutinized the spending's lack of Christmas charity, tweeting, 'Money that could be helping those in need but go off.
A Twitter user with the name Aloha simply wrote, 'Easy to spend peoples money.'
Another Twitter with the handle @coolguy8623 took the suit and blasted President Biden for the spending after the president urged the IRS to snoop around people's payments and transfers of $600 or more through their bank accounts.
The user tweeted, "So lighting up a tree is more important than 3-4 peoples total yearly income, yet it needs to monitor regular working people's bank accounts???"
The White House Christmas Tree arrived on Monday, where it was received by First Lady Jill Biden, her son Hunter, daughter-in-law Melissa Cohen and grandson Beau.
Two Clydesdale horses - Ben and Winston - drew the tree up the North driveway to the sound of the Marine band playing 'Oh Christmas Tree.' Jill broke off a bit of its branch and walked it over to her grandson, delivering it with a kiss.
The Fraser Fir tree is from Jefferson, North Carolina, and will be installed in the White House this week. The chandelier in the Blue Room must be temporarily removed to make room for the tree, which nearly touches the ceiling.
The tree's theme - along with the theme of this year's White House decorations - are chosen by the first lady but have yet to be revealed.